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Senate President leads FG delegation to AFCON 2019, with Dalung, 9 others as members

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President Muhammadu Buhari has picked the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, as leader of the Federal Government delegation to the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Egypt.

Also on the delegation are the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

Governors Ifeanyi Okowa and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, of Delta and Lagos respectively, are equally to be part of the delegation.

There are also the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, and a Representative of the Presidency; Captain Hosa Okunbo.

The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Olusade Adesola, and Muhammad Gambo, the ministry’s Director of Facilities, are also members of the delegation.

A former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, completes the 11-man list.

Members of the delegation are expected to arrive in Egypt next week, in time for the Super Eagles’ Round of 16 encounters.

-NAN

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Ayade declares Carnival Calabar open

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The Cross River State governor, Professor Sir Ben Ayade has called for an abolition of all forms of restriction of movement and entry in all countries in the world.

The governor made the call in Calabar while declaring open this year’s Carnival Calabar which has as its theme “Humanity”.

The governor who was accompanied by his wife, Linda, deputy, Professor Ivara Esu as well as the wife of the former governor of Cross River State Onari Duke, said it’s inhumane to restrict movements into developed countries, which are extremely wealthy, thereby concentrating poverty in the other parts of the world.

He emphasised that as a result of this, humans have lost their humanity to the animals and have completely deviated from the original intention of creation, which was to create unfettered access to all societies and communities.

“I want to tell the whole world, and as I speak, I speak with a lot of melancholy, pain, agony, and frustration,  because in the course of man’s habitation of the earth, man has deviated completely and actually become animalistic and the animals have become more human.

“If exploitation must come to an end, we must unite because the restriction of movement in the world was not anticipated in the bible,  it is not provided in the Koran, and neither is it provided in any religion.

“I call on all leaders to revisit the policy of restriction of movement so that the world can globalize and we can eliminate the scourge of extreme poverty so as to make the society what God wanted.  Humanity is the only religion that any man should adopt.

“How do you allow extreme poverty in one section of the world and put a restriction in the wealthiest part of the world. Why do people experience the vicissitudes of going through the Mediterranean sea only to cross over and become a sex slave or a victim, where is humanity, where is the human blood.

“The essence of being and creation was for us to add value to humanity, any endeavour that does not have the intention of adding value to humanity has failed”, the governor said.

The governor added that man has attached so much emphasis on religion forgetting that the only religion in the world is humanity and called for a reversal of the status quo.

 “We are all gathered here for the carnival procession but beyond this is the message that man must change the way we live. If a human being can slit another human being’s throat, if we can kill someone just to take his properties, if you go to an accident scene just to steal from the victim, then you have lost your humanity”, he said.

Earlier in his address, the chairman of the State Carnival Commission, Gab Onah, said over the past four years innovative ideas have been brought into the carnival to help address key societal concerns.

He said ranging from themes such as Climate Change, Migration and Africanism, Carnival Calabar has succeeded addressed these concerns and also based on the participation of states across the country, the festivities have brought Nigeria under one umbrella,  and also provided a true platform for cultural security and to change lives.

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2Baba, Blackface settle out of court

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Nigerian legendary musician, Innocent Idibia, famously Known as 2baba, has settled the long-existing legal battle with his former group member Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo, famously known as Blackface. This happened on Wednesday when they opted for an out-of-court settlement.

They signed a yet to be disclosed settlement agreement at the Ikeja High Court shortly after 2baba dropped the N50m defamation suit filed against Blackface.

Blackface had since accused 2baba that he stole the song from him after he composed it, without giving him credit on the sang after he sang it.

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#BBNaija: Mercy receives N25m innoson SUV

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Days after the end of Season Four of Big Brother Naija, operators of the franchise, Multichoice, has disclosed that Nigeria has the biggest and best Big Brother House.

The CEO of Multichoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, said this during the press conference to present the winner of the reality television show, Mercy Eke, her gifts – a brand new N25m Innoson SUV and a cheque of N30m.

The presentation took place on Tuesday at the Multichoice office and venue of the Big Brother House in Ilupeju, Lagos.

Mercy, who made history by becoming the first female winner of Big Brother Naija, thanked organisers and sponsors of the event. She also thanked her family and fans.

“I’m overwhelmed, I’m lost for words,” she said.

When asked about her plans, Mercy, however, disclosed that she was going to push her fashion brand, M & M. She also disclosed that controversial housemate Tacha who was evicted when they fought remained friends.

Managing Director of Multichoice, John Ugbe, thanked everyone involved in the production which trended globally on Twitter.

He disclosed that the owners of the Big Brother bran, Endemol, visited the Big Brother House in Lagos.

“Endemol came in to inspect (the house) and they gave us feedback. One, we have the biggest Big Brother House in the world. But times, maybe bigger is not best. But we have the best Big Brother House in the world.”

Another record that Ugbe revealed was that the show had “50 million votes in the final week.”

In attendance were the other BBNaija finalists – first runner-up, Mike, second runner-up, Frodd, Omashola, and Seyi – as well as Ike. Also present at the event were Channel Director: Africa Magic, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Senior Marketing Manager, Bet9ja, Olufemi Osobajo, Head of Corporate Communication, Heritage Bank, Fela Ibidapo-Obe and Managing Director of Innoson Motors.

Twenty-six housemates had competed for the reality tv show which was themed ‘Pepper Dem’ which ended on Sunday evening after 99 days.

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